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Photography: Henry Brink
Photography: Henry Brink
Photography: Henry Brink
Photography: Henry Brink
Photography: Henry Brink
Photography: Henry Brink
Photography: Henry Brink

Corduroy by Little Marionette’s Head Roaster

By Henry Brink,
6th March 2012

United by their mutual appreciation for specialty coffee and cut-pile fabrics, Ben Stronach and Nigel Park have created a specialty espresso bar in the most unlikely of spaces.

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orduroy is an unlikely spot. In what can only be described as an incredibly resourceful use of space, Ben Stronarch and Nigel Park have managed to convert the narrow disabled entrance of an office block into a simple but highly atmospheric espresso bar.

Coincidentally, the space bears a vague resemblance to the lobby of a hotel or apartment building, with long bench seating, identically potted plants, varnished wood and tiled floors. Outdoors on the footpath, an urban herb garden doubles as Corduroy’s curb-side seating.

Having gained cult coffee status as the perpetually happy head roaster of The Little Marionette, Stronarch (who has retained his post at TLM) will be roasting a rotating selection of seasonal blends and single origins unique to Corduroy. Frequenters of The Little Marionette will also pick the casual appearance of Stronach's more tested blends, including TLM's malty house blend.

Their Dutch breakfast, with boiled eggs, pate, sobrasado (chorzizo paste) and parma ham is one deliciously recurring breakfast item, while a menu featuring pastas, sandwiches and cakes is scribbled onto brown butchers paper and slung from the wall every morning.

Corduroy
4–14 Foster Street, Surry Hills
phone number TBC

Hours
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat 8am–4pm

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